October 29, 2010

California Guitar Trio: Andromeda

A change meeting led to the formation of the California Guitar Trio. Paul Richards (Salt Lake City, Utah). Bert Lams (Affligem, Belgium) and Hideyo Moriya (Chiba, Japan) were studying with Robert Fripp in 1987 and joined the King Crimson legend on Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists tour. In 1991 they founded the trio and have been performing an recording on and off since then, always keeping in touch.

Their music went sky high, being used as the soundtrack for numerous documentaries about outer space. One of their tracks was picked to wake the astronauts aboard the NASA space shuttle “Endeavor”. No wonder that the named their new album Andromeda, their first album featuring only original material. The tracks flow together to build a musical stream of consciousness. The musicians play within each other, taking sidesteps when the moment strikes them. The title track has a speeded up medieval tempo, the kind that Mike Oldfield popularized in the early Seventies. He is an obvious influence. They covered a part of Tubular Bells on their previous cover album Echoes. A hint of Spain comes along in Hazardous Z, an a slow rumble introduces Middle of TX with a flawless steel guitar.

Andromeda is an album that grows on you. Just when think you dissected all the goings on, you will find something new and rewarding.

California Guitar Trio: Andromeda

Andromeda is released thru Inner Knot Records. A limited edition vinyl version is available on Karate Body Records.

Tracks:
  1. Cathedral Peak
  2. Turn of the Tide
  3. Andromeda
  4. Improv IX
  5. Hazardous Z
  6. Chacarera
  7. Improv VII
  8. Middle of TX
  9. Improv VIII - Layered Circulation
  10. Portland Rain
  11. Improv I

Video: California Guitar Trio - Cathedral Peak
(live @ Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA - w/ Eric and Julie Slick)

Live dates:
  • 10/29 Avogadro's, Fort Collins, CO
  • 10/30 Swallow Hill, Denver, CO
  • 11/02 The Ellen Theater, Bozeman, MT
  • 11/05 Di Luna Cafe, Sandpoint, ID
  • 11/06 Gorge Pavilion, Cascade Locks, OR
  • 11/07 Cozmic Pizza, Eugene, OR
  • 11/09 The Woods, Portland, OR
  • 11/10 Fremont Abbey Arts Center, Seattle, WA
  • 11/12 The Port Theater, Nanaimo, BC
  • 11/13 Arden Theater, Albert, AB
  • 11/14 The Banff Center, Banff, AB
  • 11/17 The Sean O'Sullivan Theater, St. Catharines, ON
  • 11/20 Les Arts de la Scene de Montmagny, Montmagny, QC

» cgtrio.com

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